First introduced at Ridgeway in 2012, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is now an integral part of our enrichment curriculum for students from Year 9 upwards. It offers an outstanding opportunity
for young people to master a wide variety of life skills and to test themselves against nationally recognised challenges.
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is one that will stand the test of time, developing the qualities and attributes that colleges and employers so value.
Here are some pictures from the practice expedition in July 2017:
Click for news of CPR training, as part of the ‘Skills’ element of the award.
Click for news of the a typical expedition walk, April 2016.
Mr Barney, our Network Coordinator and a former student of the school, helps to run our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. He is passionate about what the Award offers.
“Two things really stand out for me—opportunity and responsibility. ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ gives you fantastic opportunities to do things you would never normally dream of doing. But the flip side of that is that you have to learn responsibility and grasp those opportunities for yourself. Nothing is handed out to you on a plate, as it were. Sure, there are adults around who will guide you and advise you. But they are not going to cook the meals over the camp fire for you; if you are not prepared to learn how to do it yourself, you go hungry. Similarly, you’ll learn how to put up a tent. But—out there in the field—if your tent blows down, then you have to be ready to put it back up again or you are going to get cold and wet. Basically, ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ is all about building character.”